ICANN receives input from governments through the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC). The GAC's key role is to provide advice to ICANN on issues of public policy, and especially where there may be an interaction between ICANN's activities or policies and national laws or international agreements. The GAC usually meets three times a year in conjunction with ICANN meetings, where it discusses issues with the ICANN Board and other ICANN Supporting Organisations, Advisory Committees and other groups. The GAC may also discuss issues between times with the Board either through face-to-face meetings or by teleconference.

GAC News Archive


15 March 2017

GAC Copenhagen Communiqué

20 February 2017

For those attending the meeting in Copenhagen, the following special offer for public transport tickets may be of interest:



Remote participation details for the AF Workshop can be found below.

Adobe Connect link: https://participate.icann.org/gac-workshop.

PGI phone bridge details :
Dial-In Numbers: https://www.myrcplus.com/cnums.asp?bwebid=8369444&ppc=7502538295&num=1-605-475-5604
Participant Passcode: 7502538295

All sessions will be recorded and posted on the GAC website once received.

13 January 2017


ICANN and CA Collaborate on an African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop in Kenya

13 January 2017

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN[icann.org]) and the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA[ca.go.ke]) are pleased to announce their collaboration on a law enforcement agencies capacity building workshop this month from 25th-26th January, 2017. The workshop is hosted by the Communication Authority of Kenya, the GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG), with support from ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) , Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR) and Compliance teams.

The workshop aims to raise awareness and build capacity in the African law enforcement community on how to participate in ICANN and engage effectively in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC[gacweb.icann.org]) and ICANN policy making. It will also focus on capacity building within the Law Enforcement Agencies and review the Domain Name System (DNS) and its impact on public safety.

A range of topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to ICANN’s mission and multistakeholder bottom-up policy development model
  • Introduction to the GAC: role, organisation and membership
  • Introduction to the Public Safety Working Group (PSWG): mandate and work plan
  • Definition of Abuse of the DNS that can be addressed through ICANN’s processes and contracts
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and obligations of contracted parties
  • Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and tools of ICANN’s Security Stability and Resiliency Team
  • How Law Enforcement agencies should engage with ICANN

The African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences with around 15 African Heads of Cybercrime units, members of the Public Safety working group as well as other representatives from governments and industry.

The full agenda can be found here[icann.org] [PDF, 330 KB].

ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members

13 January 2017

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN[icann.org]) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served Regions Working Group is pleased to announce the first capacity building workshop for the Africa Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC[gacweb.icann.org]) members in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Africa GAC Members for better Participation in ICANN” will be held from 23-24 January 2017 with the support of the Communication Authority and the Government of Kenya[ca.go.ke].

This is the first regional workshop organized by ICANN’s recently established Nairobi Engagement Office. From ICANN, Göran Marby[icann.org], ICANN President & CEO, Thomas Schneider[icann.org], GAC Chair will both be present with executives, the regional ICANN team and community members. The keynote address and Official Opening will be done by Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT – Republic of Kenya.

The workshop will focus on raising awareness and assist in building capacity of the African GAC representatives and governments on how best to effectively participate and contribute to policy making at ICANN. It will also introduce critical active relevant policy topics, working groups including relevant GAC and cross-community working groups that require the immediate attention and participation of GAC members. The workshop will seek feedback from the African GAC representatives on how to better help them improve their regional footprint as well as at ICANN.

The workshop will cover a range of topics that will include:

  • Understanding the ICANN Ecosystem
  • Policy development process at ICANN
  • ICANN Africa Strategy - an Overview
  • New gTLDs and the Role of GAC:
  • Understanding ccTLD Re-delegation

ICANN looks towards creating a stronger association with the community in Africa, including governments in the region, to help increase awareness and participation in ICANN’s work and the Internet policy processes under ICANN’s remit.

The full agenda can be found here[icann.org] [PDF, 440 KB].

The event will be livestreamed. The link will be uploaded soon.

4 January 2017

Africa Capacity Building Events in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-26 January 2017

23 and 24 January 
Draft agenda GAC AF Capacity Building Workshop

25 and 26 January
Draft agenda Africa LEA Capacity Building Workshop

Practical information

23 December 2016

GAC response to questions from CCWG-Accountability work stream 2

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19 December 2016

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – Mitigation of Abuse in gTLDs.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – Update on WHOIS-Related Initiatives.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – Exploring the Public Interest Within ICANN’s Remit.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – The DNS and Content Regulation.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – ICANN Legal Advice and How it Supports the ICANN Mission.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session - Underserved Regions in ICANN.pdf

ACIG Brief - Summary of High Interest Topic Cross-Community Session – Internet Governance.pdf

15 December 2016

GAC and ICANN Board conference call recording

Transcripts: English II بية II Español II Français II Português II Pусский II 中文

Adobe Connect recording

Call Notes 

5 December 2016

GAC Hyderabad Minutes
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Thank you to the Telangana Government for the GAC Outreach tours in Hyderabad

8 November 2016

GAC Hyderabad Communique
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7 November 2016

The GAC Elections were concluded today. 
The results of these elections were: 

GAC Chair
Mr. Thomas Schneider re-elected for a period of two years (ICANN58 through to ICANN63) by acclamation.

GAC Vice-Chairs
The following five Vice-Chairs were elected for a one-year period (ICANN58 through to ICANN60)

Ms. Manal Ismail (Egypt)
Ms. Milagros Castanon Seoane (Peru)
Mr. Ghislain De Salins (France)
Mr. Mark Carvell (United Kingdom)
Mr. Guo Feng (China)

5 October 2016

When the GAC meets in Hyderabad, at ICANN57, it will hold elections for the five available Vice Chair positions. Six nominations have been received, from:

  • Mr GUO Feng, China
  • Ms Manal ISMAIL, Egypt 
  • Mr Ghislain DE SALINS, France
  • Mr Pär BRUMARK, Niue
  • Ms Milagros CASTAÑÓN SEOANE, Peru
  • Mr Mark CARVELL, United Kingdom

Only one nomination was received for the GAC Chair position (for Mr Thomas Schneider, Switzerland) so he will be re-appointed and not subject to an election process.

The election is undertaken in accordance with the GAC Operating Principles. Only GAC Representatives are eligible to vote (Principle 16).
GAC Representatives are listed on the GAC website at: https://gacweb.icann.org/display/gacweb/GAC+Representatives

 Information about the election process has been (and will continue to be) sent to GAC Members via the GAC email list. 
Please direct all questions to Michelle Scott Tucker from the ACIG GAC Secretariat at michelle@acig.com.au.

25 July 2016

GAC Helsinki Minutes
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20 July 2016

GAC and ICANN Board conference call / Español II français  
Transcripts: English II Español II français II  
Call notes 

30 June 2016

GAC Helsinki Communique
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20-21 May 2016

GAC Public Comments on DNS Abuse Report (Corrected version of 21 May 2016)

16 May 2016

GAC ICANN 56 agenda

9 May 2016

GAC Marrakech High Level Governmental Meeting Chairman's Report

20 April 2016

GAC Marrakech Minutes 
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9 March 2016

GAC Marrakech Communique
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25 February 2016

ICANN 55 High Level Governmental Meeting revised agenda (18 Feb 2016) 

Translations:   العربية II français 

Video streaming of the High Level Governmental Meeting

11 February 2016

Our local host just informed us that they will stop taking visa upon arrival applications tomorrow. Applications submitted AFTER Friday, 12 February 2016, 17:00 UTC, will NOT be reviewed. Therefore, could you please inform your constituents to urgently apply BEFORE the deadline, if they haven’t already done so. I am also writing to those who need visas a similar communication. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone else who maybe affected as well. 

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation.

The instructions on how to apply for a visa upon arrival is again, below: 

For those who do not have diplomatic representation in their countries, in order to facilitate for the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Department for visas issue, would you please submit your applications directly to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Consular and Social Affairs - Rabat to (m.barrada@maec.gov.ma and zaidi@maec.gov.ma) with the following documents:

·      Copy of valid passport (at least six month of validity),

·      Copy of the localhostletter

·      Flight detail (if available)

Best wishes,

Joseph de Jesus
Travel Support Manager
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 
Email: constituency-travel@icann.org
Fax (Private): +1.424.832.1074

28 January 2016

ICANN 55 High Level Governmental Meeting revised agenda 

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10.00-10.15: Introductory remarks by H.E.M Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, of the Kingdom of Morocco, Chair of the HLGM.

10.15-11:30: Session 1: IANA Stewardship Transition Outcomes

  • Introduction by Mr. Thomas Schneider, Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Presentation by Mr. Fadi Chehade, CEO and President of  ICANN
  • Presentation by Mr. Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce.
  • Open Floor and exchange of Views *  

11:30-11.45: Morning Coffee Break

11.45-13:15: Session 2: Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governments  role in the new ICANN framework

  • Introduction by Mr. Thomas Schneider, GAC Chair on the role of governments in the ICANN and the importance of the contribution of public policy to ICANN policy development processes.
  • Presentation by Mr. Steve Crocker, President of the ICANN Board
  • Presentation by the Co-Chairs of the CCWG Accountability on the Multistakeholder model
  • Open Floor and exchange of Views focused on ICANN and the role of Government

13:20-14:30:   Lunch hosted by the Minister Elalamy (for Ministers, Head of Delegations and ICANN high officials)

14:30-15:45: Session 3: gTLDs and Public Policy

  • Presentation by Mr. AkramAtallah, Chair of  ICANN’s Global Domain Division.
    • ICANN New gTLD Program Implementation Review Findings,
      • GAC Advice and outcomes for public policy
      • Impact on developing countries and economies in transition
      • Case studies
      • ICANN Next round of gTLDs
        • Public policy issues
        • Issues of interest for developing countries and economies in transition
        • Open Floor and exchange of Views *  (focused on gTLDs and public policy expectations or outcomes)

15:45-16:00: Afternoon Coffee Break

16:00-17:30: Session 4:  The DNS, Developing Countries and Capacity Building:  What role for ICANN?

  • Presentation by Mr. Tarek Kamel, Government Engagement Advisor to the ICANN President
    • Overcoming barriers to participation and representation in the ICANN system
    • Awareness and capacity building within Governments on ICANN issues and the DNS
  • Presentation by the GAC Working Group on Under-Served Regions
  • Open Floor and exchange of Views * 

17:30-17:45:  Chairman Summary (Marrakech Statement) delivered by H.E.M. Moulay Hafid Elalamy.  (The Marrakech Statement will not be a negotiable document; it will summarize and present the highlights of the HGLM discussions under the sole responsibility of the Chair)

18.00-19:30:   Reception hosted by ICANN for Head of Delegations, GAC representatives and the chairs of ICANN’s supporting organizations and advisory committees. (Tbc)

VISA Applications

Ordinary visas (English I français)

Diplomatic visas (English I français)

28 January 2016

GAC Public Safety Meeting, Brussels - GAC Public Safety Working Group (Working Group page)

25 January 2016

GAC’s views on the draft recommendations of the third draft proposal of the CCWG Accountability

21 December 2015

GAC comments to the public comment process for the CCWG-Accountability 3rd draft proposal

10 December 2015

GAC Dublin Minutes
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1 December 2015

Marrakech, High Level Governmental Meeting, draft program  العربية  II English II Español II français II  Português II Pусский II 中文                                                                                                                           

VISA Applications

Ordinary visas (English I français)

Diplomatic visas (English I français)

24 November 2015

If you will be requesting funded travel support for the upcoming meeting in Marrackech, please fill out the online form on the website here: http://tinyurl.com/opfj4s6 by the 16th of December 2015.   

The GAC currently has thirty (30) open travel slots for GAC members as well as up to five (5) additional slots for pre-approved organisations comprised of developing countries. Organizations who are active in the GAC and meet the criteria that would like to be added to this pre-approved list please contact gacsec@gac.icann.org

Please find attached the GAC travel support rules here

Moreover, thirty (30) additional travel slots have been allocated for the High Level Governmental Meeting (HLGM). When applying for travel support please indicate if it is specifically for the HLGM by ticking the corresponding box on the form.

To navigate to this page from the GAC homepage please click on the "GAC Members Only" tab, click on the “ICANN 55: Marrakech" meeting link under GAC meetings. You will need to be logged in to view these pages. 

If you need credentials to log into the website please contact gacsec@gac.icann.org and they will be issued to you. 

Please also contact gacsec@gac.icann.org if you wish to apply for travel support for the HLGM but your country is not yet a GAC Member.

21 October 2015

GAC Dublin Communique
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GAC ICANN 54 meetings agenda


1 October 2015

The 3rd ICANN High Level Governmental Meeting will take place in Marrakesh on March 7th 2016, in conjunction with the 55th ICANN Conference.

First of its kind to be organized in Africa and in the Arab World, this meeting provides a unique opportunity for GAC members, but also non-members, to reinforce Governments' visibility and understanding of the final stage of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority's (IANA) stewardship transition process to a multi-stakeholder organization. More details will be available soon.

15 September 2015
Announcement of Vice Chair Nominees

Announcement for GAC Members from the GAC Chair: 

As you are aware the current GAC Vice Chairs formally complete their terms of office at the end of the Marrakech meeting (ICANN55).

During (and shortly after) the Buenos Aires (ICANN53) meeting of the GAC the ACIG GAC Secretariat sought nominations for the five available roles of GAC Vice Chair for 2016.  The nomination period officially closed on 1 September 2015. 

Consistent with Principle 32 of the GAC Operating Principles, the process for appointment to a GAC Vice Chair role is that if there are five or fewer nominated candidates for the Vice Chair positions, the nominees are “elected by acclamation”.  If there are more than five candidates an election must be held.  Any election would be held during the forthcoming Dublin (ICANN54) GAC meeting.

There were four nominees for the five available roles of GAC Vice Chair for 2016.  These nominees will therefore be elected by acclamation and there will be no election held during the Dublin meeting.  This will also mean that there will be only four Vice Chairs for 2016, no late nominations will be accepted.

The 2016 nominees are:

•          Olga Cavalli (Argentina)

•          Gema Campillos (Spain)

•          Henri Kassen (Namibia) and

•          Wanawit Ahkuputra (Thailand).

Consistent with Principle 31 of the GAC Operating Principles the results of the election (by acclamation) will also be formally be announced at the end of Dublin, to take effect at the end of the Marrakech GAC meeting.  We look forward to formally welcoming the four 2016 Vice Chairs at that time.

Kind Regards,
Thomas Schneider
GAC Chair 

15 September 2015

GAC Public Safety Working Group (PSWG) Comments to Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services Accreditation Issues Policy Development Process

13 August 2015

GAC Public Safety WG Public Comments to “2013 RAA WHOIS Accuracy Specification Review"

30 July 2015

Country and Territory Names as second-level domains in new gTLDs requirements for notification list 

21 July 2015

GAC Buenos Aires Minutes
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24 June 2015

GAC Buenos Aires Communique
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文


ICANN 53 - GAC meetings agenda


28 April 2015

Letter from GAC Chair to Nepal

17 March 2015

GAC Singapore Minutes
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

12 February 2015

GAC Singapore Communique
Translations:  العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文


Geographic Names in the new gTLDs process - summary and report


ICANN 52 - GAC meetings - AGENDA


05 November 2014

Los Angeles GAC minutes 
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16 October 2014

Los Angeles Communique
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Draft document from GAC Sub-group on Geographic Names - Community input sought

The GAC Sub-group on Geographic Names (a Sub-group of the GAC Working Group on Future New gTLDs) has developed a draft document for future New gTLD rounds outlining several public policy aspects related to geographic names and is currently seeking community input on this document:

The protection of geographic names in the new gTLDs process.

A previous version of this draft was presented in a public session during the London ICANN/GAC meetings and a similar session is planned for the October ICANN/GAC meetings in Los Angeles.  The Working Group believes the receipt of community input on the current draft document would be beneficial to the October discussions, and further welcomes comments from all interested parties by 15 November, 2014

Comments may be submitted to future-geo-doc-comments@gac.icann.org .

Comments received will be posted on the Community Input page at: http://tinyurl.com/nc4knhn.

3 September 2014 - IGF Istanbul: IGF Side Meeting on ICANN and human rights. Room 11 - From 11:30 to 13:30 local time

2 September 2014 - GAC Public Forum Istanbul - IGF GAC Open Forum Agenda

 - Fact Sheets AREN , ESFRPTRUZH

Webcast of the GAC Open Forum

Presentation GAC Open Forum

29 August 2014

Minister Ed Vaizey’s report as Chair of the High Level Governmental Meeting held on Monday 23 June 2014 (EN) - العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文

31 July 2014

London GAC minutes

Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II中文

24 July 2014

Letter from Jonathan Robinson on completion of GNSO WHOIS studies

18 July 2014

Email from ICG to GAC Chair

07 July 2014

Letter from Jonathan Robinson to Heather Dryden re IGO/INGO and RCRC issues

25 June 2014

London GAC Communique
Translations: العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文 

22 May 2013

May ICANN Policy Update

19 May 2014

Singapore Minutes 
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15 May 2014

GAC webinar on IANA Transition Process

14 May 2014

GAC webinar on IANA Transition Process 

22 April 2013

Buenos Aires Minutes
Translations:   العربية II Español II français II Português II Pусский II 中文